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Stephen Avenue Walk

8 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1B3, Canada
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Ranked #21 of 171 Attractions in Calgary
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Malls, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Owner description: Shopping complex with a country feel: square dancers, chuck wagons and Indian parades give this...
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Malls, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Owner description: Shopping complex with a country feel: square dancers, chuck wagons and Indian parades give this mall all the ambiance of an old Hollywood western.

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Calgary, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A pedestrian street right in the heart of Calgary. During Summer, that place is full of activities. During the week at lunch time, all the offices are empty and everybody have a drink or two on the fews patio on Stephen Ave. Nice new shops. Good restaurant. During winter, with the lights it feels magical. Stephen Ave IS Calgary.

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Calgary, Canada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
36 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

It stretches for blocks with shops on both sides and lots of vendors selling miscellaneous goods from jewelry, hats, clothing, to art. If you get there early enough you can sit down on a bench & just people watch if that is your thing. There is a large mall off Stephen Avenue that goes from The Bay to Holt Renfrew... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Lots of activities and places to shop. You can watch the Parade of Wonders before Comic Con or grab fish and chips on an outdoor patio. Fairly quiet after dark, though. Lots of the shops close at 6. Check hours of your chosen establishment before going down.

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Reston, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Lots of restaurants, cafés, and some stores. Many had outside seating. Closed to traffic. Many hanging baskets, so it was very colorful.

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Farmington, UT
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We found this street on the last day in Calgary and didn't get to spend much time there, but this is the place to go for souveniers, dining and entertainment all in one place. They block 4-5 blocks off to traffic and you can just walk down the middle of the street where vendors have their wares. Lots of interesting... More 

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Red Deer, Canada
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15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Stephen Avenue is a walkable main street downtown. It is lined with boutiques and cafes. It feels like you are in Europe in the middle of a busy city. It has beautiful architecture and you can feel the history of the city as you walk. You can see people casually talking on the sidewalk near a cafe and people quickly... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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40 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Stephen Avenue Walk is about a 4 or 5 block pedestrian mall. It is closed to traffic during the daytime but allows cars after 6:00 pm. Compared to other pedestrian malls in world cities, it is rather short and not very exciting, but for Calgarians, where the car is king, it is nice to be able to stroll downtown without... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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53 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This street is several blocks long and is designated for pedestrians only during the day. In the evenings cars are allowed -- so be careful where you are walking. During the day there are often street vendors and market tents set up - as well as entertainers. Both sides of the mall have numerous restaurants and some smaller independent shops.... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado, Usa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I loved walking this avenue and we have something similar in Denver but ours has buses that run up and down it and this one is just for pedestrians only so it was much more enjoyable to walk.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you like afternoon walks and watching people, go ahead and check out Stephen Avenue. There are lots of shops, bars and restaurants to choose from. Very touristy and busy at certain times. But since it is close to other Calgary attractions, taking a stroll here would be a good idea.

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